CREATING SMALL GROUPS
Small Groups You told us you want deeper relationships and real Jewish connections
Update from the Small Groups Leaders, Joy Miller and Janette Schwartz
The June 12 Small Groups Info Session and Leader Recruitment Event was fabulous. If you were in attendance, you heard and saw the new name and logo for Small Groups. TriBE was the choice of the Small Groups Leadership Team because it contained the letters TBE representing the importance of Temple Beth El in our Jewish lives and reminding us of the 12 Tribes of Israel.
Keeping that in mind, the Leadership Team determined that our goal this year is to create at least 12 Small Groups with Leaders and/or Co-leaders. Leaders would be trained to lead a TriBE consisting of 5-15 Boomer/Empty Nesters. Training will be held on Sunday morning, August 19 at 10:00 am. The alternate date of training is Wednesday, August 22 at 6:30 pm. Leaders need to attend only one of these training sessions. RSVP now! If you are interested in becoming a Leader of a TriBE and did not submit your interest card at the June 12 event, please contact Joy Miller or Janette Schwartz. who would be happy to fill you in and add your name to the training list.
The response to becoming a Leader was wonderful. Of the approximately 150 attendees, about 45 signed on for training. After training, the offerings for TriBEs will be determined by the Leaders of that TriBE. There were so many great ideas mentioned to engage members into a TriBE…Book Clubs, Shabbat Dinners, Singles, Couples, Professional Affiliations, Affinities such as Writing, Hiking, Art, and Cooking.
TriBEs are intended to engage Temple members to become stakeholders and to develop a living Judaism that speaks to their daily interests, concerns, needs, and aspirations. Members of TriBEs will be learning, playing, praying, acting, caring, and become accountable to each other.
Each TriBE will create a Brit (Covenant) guiding the members in a safe and caring community. The Leaders will likely host the first meeting, but will be encouraging all members of the TriBE to share responsibilities. The day, time, and venue of meetings will be determined by the Leader with input of the TriBE. Meetings of TriBEs will range from 90 minutes to 120 minutes with extra time for an affinity if needed. Meaningful discussions will take place at the meeting based on curriculum from TBE and/or URJ affiliations. All TriBEs need now is YOU!
SAVE THE DATE !
Boomer/Empty Nester Launch/ Kickoff Matching Party
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
• Find your TriBE!
• Find your people!
• Join a TriBE!
Update from the Small Groups Leaders, Joy Miller and Janette Schwartz:
You told us you want deeper relationships and real Jewish connections. We have created a Small Groups framework just for you! Come learn about our plans and consider joining our efforts. Please join us for this special evening for Baby Boomers & Empty Nesters on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (RSVP required by June 6.)
6:30 pm – Light Dinner
7:00 pm – Small Groups Update
A Leadership Manual has been created to guide us in our efforts to build and sustain Small Groups at Temple Beth El. Fortunately, you don’t need to already know how to be a successful group leader or have prior experience in being one! The skills to be an effective Small Group leader will be spelled out simply and clearly in the manual. There will always be support available to increase your skills and to guide the content of your meetings. The only requirement necessary is to be open to having fun, learning, and meeting new friends.
We can’t wait to see you and share our news. Come down, shmooze, and get as excited as we are! Please remember to RSVP by June 6 (at midnight) so we know you’re coming! Questions? Call or email Joy Miller or Janette Schwartz.
In the event that you are unable to attend the June 12 Small Groups Info Session, but would still like to become a Small Group Leader or Co-Leader, do not worry! Please contact Joy Miller or Janette Schwartz. Special arrangements can easily be made to ensure that you, too, are given the necessary tools to become a Small Group Leader!
Under the leadership of Joy Miller and Janette Schwartz, our Small Groups Leadership Team continues to develop our model for sustainable small groups at Temple Beth El. Save the Date: June 12 at 6:30 pm when we invite all who may be interested in serving as a small group lay leader or co-leader to come find out more! A light dinner will be served. Contact Joy Miller, or Janette Schwartz for more information.
A Vision for Small Groups at Temple Beth El
Imagine hundreds of Temple members gathering regularly in small groups to learn and laugh, to rest and rejuvenate, and to deepen connections to one another, to Temple, to the Jewish people, and to the rhythms of Jewish time and life. Small Groups at Temple Beth El will help us realize a future of a connected, committed membership through the formation of small groups which will:
- Focus on the lives and significant concerns of our members.
- Organize around shared interests, life stages and geographies.
- Feature shared Jewish experiences, learning and celebration.
- Be self-led by lay leaders working in a group dynamic.
Small Group Leadership Team: Robert Abramowitz, Beth DiNicola, Donna Foster, Andy Harkavy, Rabbi Asher Knight, Linda Lepow, Steve Lepow, Holly Levinson, Ellen Martin, Pam Menaker, Joy Miller, Ellen Reich, Janette Schwartz, Jeffrey Schwartz, John Small, Natalie Tunney, Liz Wahls, David Weinrib
Many congregants feel most connected to community when they are in small intimate groups, often outside the walls of the synagogue. While being large has advantages, our congregation’s size can be a barrier to making real and personal connections. Large events and worship services can be intimidating. And, while important to the life of the synagogue, large events and services are not typically where most congregants develop lasting, meaningful relationships with each other.
During the coming year, our Baby Boomer engagement efforts will focus on making our large congregation seem small by creating a sustainable small group model for Baby Boomer congregants. We have created a Baby Boomer Small Group Leadership Team to develop and launch our small group initiative. Stay tuned for updates from this team in the months ahead.
For more ways to engage in programming available with Temple Beth El, we invite you to check out the S.P.I.C.E. flyer.
For more information about how to get involved in the Baby Boomer Initiative, please contact Holly Levinson, chair of the Steering Committee and Working Group.